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Old 11-06-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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Denial or Approval

I saw an Administrative Law Judge about my disability case back in August,and yesterday I received my decision letter. However,I haven't opened it yet. I'm too scared to just yet! I've been waiting so long and have struggled, scrimped,and scrounged for 3 years. My 11 year old son keeps asking me when we're ever going to get a car (I'm a single mom and don't have one),and I keep telling him hopefully very soon. If I get denied it's going to crush me so much that I'm afraid I'll go into an even deeper depression than I'm already in now. Basically,before I open it I wanted to ask if a fairly thick letter is usually an approval or denial...or does anyone really know? I'm so worried!
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

OPEN IT!!!!!



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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

I would think the size of the envelope would not matter as far as the ALJ's decision goes. They have to issue you either an approval or denial letter after the ALJ hearing. The letter simply tells you why you were approved or denied. I can understand and appreciate your anxiety about opening the letter but the only way you will know is to open it and read it like Pup said. I hope it is good news for you. Please update when you decide to open.

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

@sweetcheeks7873>>>What is the cause of your disability?

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

Before you open it, mentally prepare yourself. think to yourself what your going to do if it is a deniel, such as appeal or close out the claim amd start over. If it is a approval think about how you want to celebrate .PLease remeber that whatever happens you will have options, it will not be the end of the road for you.

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

I'm trying for my disabilty based on my bipolar disorder,fibromyalgia,migraine headaches,and panic/anxiety disorder. Many of my meds make me very sleepy,so there's no way I can work!
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

My letter was very thick and the return address included "Office of Disability Adjudication and Review". The decision can be made at the hearing or a month or more later depending on the complexity of the case and the judge hearing the case.

If you win the first page will say "Notice of Decision - Fully Favorable". All the other pages will be information by the judge on how the decision was reached.

Even if won that is only the first step. SSDI will then have to process your pay history and determine how much pay you get each month and what back time is owed. If SSI is also owed then that will separately determined afterwords. The whole process can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days.

 
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I'm trying for my disabilty based on my bipolar disorder,fibromyalgia,migraine headaches,and panic/anxiety disorder. Many of my meds make me very sleepy,so there's no way I can work!
I was approved for panic disorder, GAD, and depression and given a 3 year CDR. When do you plan on opening the letter? I hope the decision is fully favorable.

 
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I'm trying for my disabilty based on my bipolar disorder,fibromyalgia,migraine headaches,and panic/anxiety disorder. Many of my meds make me very sleepy,so there's no way I can work!
All my impairments are for Mental Health reasons, and severely burned, i was approved in 07 , and have not gotten a review. i hope you will win , please come back and let us know.

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

Open it. I do not know about anyone else but i am getting anxious to know what your decision was. I am hoping for the best.

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

Open it and have someone for support while you are doing so. The material may be time-sensitive.

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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

Have your son open it and read it. That way you do not have the stress on you.

 
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

Thank you so much! I do too! I'll be sure and post the decision as soon as I get it!
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Re: Denial or Approval Letter Size

I know,weird,huh? I'm going to open it,as it is the only way I'll know what my next step is. It's just that I have so much riding on this,and I already suffer from horrible depression; if this is a denial it's like my hope for a better life will be gone and the struggling will continue. I'm so tired of waiting. My son is so anxious to have a car,as am I,and it's going to break his heart if I have to tell him that we're not getting one. I'm always letting him down. I guess I'm scared because I know the disappointment will be so great,and I'm already in a fragile mental state. Makes sense?
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I know,weird,huh? I'm going to open it,as it is the only way I'll know what my next step is. It's just that I have so much riding on this,and I already suffer from horrible depression; if this is a denial it's like my hope for a better life will be gone and the struggling will continue. I'm so tired of waiting. My son is so anxious to have a car,as am I,and it's going to break his heart if I have to tell him that we're not getting one. I'm always letting him down. I guess I'm scared because I know the disappointment will be so great,and I'm already in a fragile mental state. Makes sense?
Yeah it makes sense but by not opening, you are probably increasing your anxiety levels. Have you talked to your attorney before you received this letter?

 
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